Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries

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Bernard Cordes, WWII vet

Bernard H. Cordes, 75, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at his home.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kankakee, where he was a member, by the Rev. Donald Wehnert.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
He was born Feb. 27, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Bernard H. and Rose Weckenburg Cordes.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margery Lehman, whom he married Sept. 4, 1948, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Marilyn Cordes of Rockford, Tim and Cindy Cordes of Davenport, Iowa; one daughter, Mary Beth Cordes of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers and sisters- in-law, Gerald and Patricia Cordes, Gregory and Mary Cordes, all of St. Louis, Mo.; six granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.
Deceased is one sister, Mary Margaret.
Mr. Cordes was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.
He was a retired carpenter.

Hazel Lewis

PEOTONE - Visitation for Hazel R. Lewis, 84, of Peotone, will be from 3-9 p.m. today at the Fedde- Helfrich Chapel, Peotone.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Peotone United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Will Parker will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery. Pallbearers will be William C. Anstell, Sylvester Hoger, Tim Hauert, Russell Klipp, Kevin Nugent, Dennis Gribbins, Tim Hayden, and Gordon Meyer.
Mrs. Lewis died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
She was born April 19, 1914, in Stickney, S.D., the daughter of Louis and Grace Krause Hauert.
Her husband, George Lewis, died in 1985.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Helen Lewis of Peotone; one sister-in-law, Elda Hauert of Peotone; three grandchildren, Greg (Dawn) Lewis, Kevin (Christy) Lewis, all of Manhattan, Donna (Ray) Hoch of Peotone; and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Kenneth; and two brothers, K.F. ''Pat'' and Bill Hauert.

Iola Jurgerson

MILFORD - Iola R. Jurgerson, 76, of Milford, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Knapp Funeral Home, Milford, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Milford.
Memorials may be made to Milford Ambulance, Milford Public Library, the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
She was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Goodwine, the daughter of Cordie and Alice Alexander Hawthorne.
Her husband, George Jurgerson, whom she married April 17, 1944, died Aug. 2, 1982.
Surviving are one daughter, JoEllen Johnson of Watseka; one son, Larry Jurgerson of Milford; one brother, Alva Hawthorne of Hoopeston; three sisters, Helen Crow of Milford, Laurie Gross of Buckley, Rosanna Davis of Beaver Creek, Ohio; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased is one brother.
Mrs. Jurgerson had been the administrative assistant for Iroquois County State's Attorney.

Ralph Burdick

WATSEKA - Ralph Burdick, 85, of Watseka, died today (Oct. 12, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.

Laverne Dacosse

CLIFTON - Laverne Dacosse, 88, of Clifton, formerly of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at the Clancy Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais.

Ben Farney

RANKIN - Ben Farney, 72, of Rankin, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Morrow County Hospital, Chesterville, Ohio.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home.

Wilbur Harper

Wilbur F. Harper, 86, of Kankakee, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at the Kankakee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee, until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Kankakee.

Emmett Doss

ASHKUM - Visitation for Emmett J. Doss, 93, of Ashkum, will be from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the 11 a.m. services at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Kankakee. His son, Don Doss will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Doss died Oct. 9, 1998 at Iroquois Memorial Hosptial in Watseka.
He was born Sept. 12, 1905 in Arkansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Doss.
His wife, the former Rosemary Manau, whom he married in November 1939 in Iron Mountain, Mich., died in September 1985.
Mr. Doss was retired from the Austin Company where he worked as a civil engineer and construction superintendent.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Don and Toshiko Doss of Fresno, Calif.; one sister, Velma Venard of Arkansas; one brother, Morris Doss of Louisiana; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are several brothers and sisters.
He enjoyed fishing.

Benjamin Farney

RANKIN - Visitation for Benjamin W. Farney, 72, of Rankin, will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Apostolic Christian Church in Cissna Park. Ministers of the church will officiate.
Burial with military graveside rites by the Cissna Park American Legion Post 527 will be in Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Cissna Park.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Mr. Farney died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Morrow Co. Hospital in Chesterville, Ohio.
He was president of the American Agricultural Movement of Illinois/ American Corn Growers Association.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
He was born Dec. 24, 1925 in Rankin, the son of William and Lizzie Neukomm Farney.
Surviving are his wife, the former Grace Troxel, whom he married Dec. 6, 1953 in Cissna Park; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Judy and Graig Johnson of Saybrook, Janet and Scott Cuccaro of Round Rock, Texas and Charlene Farney of Ambia, Ind.; four sons and two daughters-in-law, William Farney and Benjy Farney, both of Rankin, Todd and Becky Farney of Paxton and Charles and Frannie Farney of Bloomington; eight sisters, Helen Lackey of Paxton, Louise Manz of Cissna Park, Sophie Peyer of Whitewater, Wis., Clara Bodager and Lucille Baker, both of Jeromesville, Ohio, Esther Steiner and Martha Farney, both of East Lynn and Marjorie Knapp of Congerville; and eight grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents, one brother and three sisters.
He was a member Cissna Park American Legion and Rankin Lions Club.

Laverne Dacosse

CLIFTON - Visitation for Laverne Dacosse, 88, a resident of Merkle-Knipprath, Clifton, formerly of Kankakee, will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral home in Bourbonnais until the funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Bradley.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Kankakee.
Mr. Dacosse died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was born March 8, 1910 in Clifton, the son of Gaston and Laura Goyette Dacosse.
Surviving are his wife, the former Jennie Lazzara, whom he married Aug. 21, 1948 at St. Joseph Church, now a resident of Merkle-Knipprath; two nephews, Lawrence Skelly of Bradley and Richard Skelly of Kankakee; a niece, Juanita Brush of Lewistown; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
Mr. Dacosse retired from Kroehler Manufacturing.
A member of St. Joseph Church, he had served as an usher.

Elizabeth Albers

PEOTONE - Elizabeth B. Albers, 92, of Morris, died Saturday (Oct. 10, 1998) at Walnut Grove Village in Morris.
She was born April 15, 1906 in Peotone, the daughter of Victor and Sylvia Hinrich Beutien.
Her husband, Dr. Elmer Albers, whom she married June 15, 1937 in Peotone, died in 1991.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Sarah Albert of Tacoma, Wash., and Bruce and Irene Albers of Morris; four grandchildren; one sister, Leone Baird of Peotone.
A sister, Katherine Albers is deceased.
She was a member of the Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church of Lockport.
Mrs. Albers was a past matron of the Eastern Star.
She taught in the Peotone area.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. The Rev. Chuck Olson will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.

Velma Kosp

MILFORD - Velma Beaver Kosp, 76, of Milford, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1998) at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Milford.

William Ryan

PIPER CITY - William R. Ryan, 85, of Piper City, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home in Piper City.

Billie Wickman

MORRIS - Billie Wickman, 69, of Morris, mother of Coal City resident, died Monday (Oct. 12, 1998) at Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home in Morris.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Smith, at 10 a.m. Thursday in Immaculate Conception Church, Morris.
Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Morris. Pallbearers will be Randy, Danny and Eric Werden, Brian Kelly, Mike Prindiville and Dave Brown.
Memorials may be made to the Morris Hospital or the Grundy County Home.
She was born March 25, 1929 in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Wilbur and Leitchie Hall Werden. She was a graduate of Morris Community High School.
Surviving are her husband, Harry Wickman, whom she married Feb. 3, 1951 in Braidwood; a daughter, Lorrie Wickman and her fiance, Jay Boban of Coal City; a daughter-in- law, Debbie (Ned) Jacklin of Morris; eight grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Sandy Werden of Morris; two step-sisters, and spouses, Arlene and Gregory Chastien and Denise and Doug Stoltz, all of Charleston; and three nephews.
Deceased are two sons, Terry Allen and Steven Parker Wickman, and one sister in infancy.
Mrs. Wickman volunteered many hours at Morris Hospital and was an election judge.
Her hobbies included bowling, square dancing, fishing and camping.

Donald Summers

ADRIAN - Donald ''Duke'' Summers, 72, father of Kankakee resident, died Friday (Oct. 9, 1998) at his home in Adrian, Mich.
He was the owner of Summers Construction since 1965 and more recently in 1994, started two additional businesses, Red Sand and Gravel and Ellis Asphalt Company.
He was born Jan. 20, 1926 in Adrian, the son of Sanford and Edith Baker Summers.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, in the South Pacific.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mona Baugh, whom he married May 17, 1947 in Angola, Ind.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Linda Summers of Kankakee and Roger and Shirley Summers and Cliff and Jessica Summers, all of Adrian; brothers, Eugene of Toledo, Lavaughn of Brooklyn, Gale of Phoenix, Ariz. and Gerald, Herbert and Dale, all of Adrian; sisters, Thelma Miller of Adrian, Kathleen Vaughn of Illinois and a half-sister, Ilene Francouer; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
A sister, Barbara Johnston and half-brother, John Summers are deceased.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home, Adrian.
Burial with military graveside services by the VFW Annis Fint Post 1584 will be in Fairfield Cemetery, Mich.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Adrian.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the American Legion William C. Stark Post and the VFW as well as a member of the Teamsters Union.

Gregory Henry

TULSA, Okla. - Gregory Allan Henry, 37, former Kankakee resident, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 8, 1998.
He was born in South Charleston, W.V., on June 10, 1961.
He was a graduate of Kankakee Eastridge High School and obtained a bachelor's and master's degree from Illinois State Unversity and another master's degree from Washington State University.
Surviving are his mother, Beverly J. Henry of Fife Lake, Mich; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Terry Theis of Bourbonnais and Vicki and Ed Hively of Tyler, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Karen Henry of Fife Lake, Mich.; and five nieces.
Deceased are his father, Allan L. Henry and a sister, Jennifer.
Mr. Henry had worked as a chemist at ASEC Manufacturing in Tulsa, Okla.
Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Bennett's Funeral Home in Beulah, Mich.

Ralph Burdick

WATSEKA - A memorial service for Ralph Burdick, 84, of Watseka, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at GAR Cemetery, Watseka. The Rev. Ryan Lee will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Kankakee Animal Humane Society or to the donor's choice.
Baier Funeral Home in Watseka was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Burdick died Monday (Oct. 12, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
He was born Dec. 24, 1913 in Watseka, the son of Bert and Addie Cobb Burdick.
His wife, the former Julia M. Howe, whom he married Aug. 17, 1940 in Kentland, Ind. is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Gene Mowery of Watseka; one sister, Florence Bridges of Washington, D.C.; one stepson, Harold St. Peter of Watseka; one stepdaughter and spouse, Irene and Rowe Victor of California; and one grandchild.
Deceased is a brother, Ernest.
Mr. Burdick had worked for 40 years at TRW Factory in Watseka.

Lydia Mussman

BEECHER - Lydia Mussman, 96, of Beecher, formerly of Grant Park, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Anchorage Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from noon Thursday until the 2 p.m. services at Hack Funeral Home, Beecher. The Rev. David Plant will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Grant Park.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Church of Christ.
She was born Feb. 10, 1902 in Stuttgart, Ark., the daughter of Herman and Helena Heller Mussman.
Miss Mussman was a teacher. A graduate of Momence High School, she received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois and a master's degree from Chicago University. She received dietitian training at Chicago St. Luke Presbyterian. 
She taught home economics at Kankakee, Harvey, Watseka, University of Missouri and Rochester, N.Y. Mechanics Institute. She served as dietitian in St. Luke's Chicago and in Minnesota.
She made corn husk dolls from a mold of a doll face which gave her dolls a nose and chin instead of the round ball.
She was a member of the Beecher Historical Society, Senior Citizens, Teachers and Dietitians Association.
A member of St. Luke United Church of Christ, she was a member of the choir, Sunday School, Mary Martha Circle Women's Guild and secretary for the Missionary No. 9 council. She enjoyed church art work and painted the Christmas Nativity Scene.
Surviving are one sister, Esther Braatz of Grant Park; a brother, Harold Mussman of Lowell, Ind.; sister-in-law, Vivian Mussman of Grant Park; and many nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sisters and one brother.

Wilbur Harper

Visitation for Wilbur F. Harper, 86, of Kankakee, will be from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Kankakee.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Church, Kankakee, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's Church.
Mr. Harper died Sunday (Oct. 11, 1998) at Kankakee Nursing and Rehabilitation.
He was born March 10, 1912 in Cordon, Ind., the son of William and Lucy Kanapple Harper.
His wife, the former Catherine Herr, whom he married Nov. 28, 1935 in Kankakee, died July 22 of 1986.
Mr. Harper was a retired employee of Mobil Chemical and had also worked for Lowe Seed Co.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lynn Harper of Lafayette, Colo., Ronald Harper of Lansing and Richard Harper of Bourbonnais; one daughter, Mariann Gerretse of Kankakee; four sisters, Ila Langan and Anabelle Lappie, both of Lowell, Ind., and Josephine Murray and Elizabeth Deragisch, both of Oregon; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Three sisters, four brothers and one grandson are deceased.


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